From the deepest,
darkest depths of Manchester a spell was cast by three self-practising witch
doctors. With the blood of broken hearts and dark souls they managed to awaken a
banished mystic “the Voodoo woman”, a warrior, slain for using black magic in
battle. The three witch doctors and the voodoo woman combined their abilities to
spread the power of black magic and tell there stories across the lands with the
might of their music. With their monstrous pounding tones and a hurricane of
enchanting and powerful vocals they will shake your bones and mesmerise you with
their unique and relentless performance. This is “Anabolic blues at its
Moritz are an AOR band
with a transatlantic sound and had their first release 30 years ago, the highly
collectable 12” vinyl Shadows of a Dream EP. The band reformed in 2009 and
since then has released three albums, namely Undivided (2010), SOS (2013) and
new album About Time Too.
Grey Cambridge based band who are regularly featured on Cambridge 105’s New Music Generator playing
their genre of British Indie Rock for just over a year own. They are building a
strong local reputation, playing venues such as the Cambridge Junction, the
Portland Arms, Strawberry Fair and last year’s Cambridge Rock Festival. They
have recently released their first official single 'i' on iTunes, which was
launched exclusively on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire.
Nominated for best new band at the
Classic Rock Society awards, The Room are a melodic rock band from South East
England fronted by ex Grey Lady Down vocalist Martin
With two critically acclaimed albums
and a brand new live DVD under their belts, the band are often likened to early
Marillion, Magnum and Canadian band SAGA. Signed to Bad Elephant Music, The Room
are currently writing their third album which is scheduled for release in
based tribute to the legendary '70s icon Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex.
Featuring the incredible Bobby T as Marc Bolan, TooREX bring back the Glam Rock
era of the early seventies with a spell binding show that covers the whole of Bolan’s
career from the early hippy period of Tyrannosaurus Rex to the megastar, chart
topping days of T.Rex. With a dash of glitter and a lineup that includes congas
and keyboards to recreate the authentic T.Rex sound, TooREX come very
close to the real thing.
have been touring the country for over fifteen years now, playing a variety of
venues from small rock clubs to large summer festivals. A regular stalwart at
Butlins and Warner holiday parks, in recent years they have played such events
as the Mathew Street Festival, Great Dorset Steam Fair and Somerrock. They are
greatly looking forward to their first appearance at main festival, where they
headline the Tribute stage on Thursday, having recently gone down really well
at one of the CRF fundraiser events in Newmarket! Their show
includes all the great T.Rex hits such as Hot Love, 20th Century Boy, I Love to
Boogie, Telegram Sam, Metal Guru and Get It On.
on Thursday’s Tribute Stage at the 2017 CRF, Aladdinsane have played theatres
and venues across the country for the past ten years and have received rave
revues. People who have worked with David Bowie have commented about Paul
Henderson’s vocals, moves and mannerisms, stating how eerily close they are to those
of David Bowie, the legend, through his timeless music and many incarnations;
from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke, into the 80’s and beyond.
of the bands who have previously played at our “support” events in Newmarket,
this year you can hear the sound and experience the vision through the
performance of the band, widely acclaimed as the best Bowie tribute in the UK,
at the festival itself, performing classic songs like Starman, Heroes, Life On
Mars, Jean Genie, Golden Years, Lets Dance, China Girl, Ashes To Ashes, Drive
In Saturday, Diamond Dogs and many more including classic album tracks.
Boss is the real deal. A Springsteen fan has lived and breathed the spirit of
the New Jersey
landscape and delivers the timeless music of The Boss. From the early days of
Greetings from Asbury Park
through Born to Run, The River and later albums, the Bootleg Boss gives 100%
commitment in an amazing show with his E Street Band of seasoned musicians.
Filled with passion, bootleg boss was raised on Rock and Roll. It’s in his
brand new line-up The Lizzy will be
opening the Tribute Band Stage at the 2017 CRF on the Thursday. They aim to reproduce
the 'Thin Lizzy' sound from albums
such as Jailbreak, Live n' Dangerous, Black Rose, Chinatown etc. Classic songs
and a class act – Lizzy were one of
THE bands to catch live in the 70's and onwards. They have a brand new line-up featuring
Nigel 'Main man' on vocals, Chav D on bass, twin bro's Aidan & Ronan
guitars & the 'man at the back' – Martin 'mooni' T.
entertaining electric ukulele covers band D’Ukes are pleased to be invited
again to this year’s Cambridge Rock Festival. Formed at a Chelmsford pub jam in
2009, D’Ukes have gone on to perform at major festivals, performed on both BBC
and local community radio, made TV appearances and headlined at ukulele
festivals in both the Czech Republic and Poland. With their great vocals, slick
solos and exciting rhythms, D’Ukes' unique approach to arranging well known
rock songs gets everyone singing, dancing and smiling.
Award-winning British songwriters,
composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The
Described by no less than Steve Hackett as “beautiful, powerful
and inspiring”, this pioneering folktronica duo blend musical styles whilst
seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a
cathedral. Always producing something beyond all easily marketed genres, their
multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable and
adventurous for the mainstream.
Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing
electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instrument
dexterity with 80’s synthesisers and clear classical influences. Often mistaken
for an 8-piece band on first listen, they are found on stage continuously
changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass
and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a
complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their
sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast
Their four critically acclaimed albums and
mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from
musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s
haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick
Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional
all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint
pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human
Mathis & Dolphin are a London-based duo performing in modern versatile Folk, Celtic and World music genres. All of their songs are original works and have been likened in style to Fleetwood Mac, Sandy Denny, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Pentangle, and Loreena Mckennitt.
The duo consists of two solo artists who are established singer/songwriters in their own right: Alan Mathis (Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Mandolin) & Laura “L.A” Dolphin (Vocals/Ocarina/Harp). Mathis & Dolphin teamed up in January 2017 and have worked extensively in gigs and festivals around the South of England, as well as hosting their own Folk/Acoustic nights in South-West London.
They will be releasing their debut album later in the year.
Alex is a 21 year old guitarist and singer
from Coventry via Lincoln where he studied history. Self-taught
from the age of 13, he began playing electric classic rock guitar covers and in
2012 began his own YouTube channel that has since received over a million views
from across the globe. He now plays regularly around the Lincoln area and has featured live on Jonathan
Frost’s show on Lincoln City Radio. He continues to play acoustic covers whilst
starting to write his own material, alongside playing lead guitar in AC/DC
tribute band Let There B/DC across the country.
being one of Cambridge's busiest bass players for well over 15 years playing
with bands such as soul legends Chancellors of Vice, all girl supergroup Gig-L,
blues giants Split Whiskers, Cambridge Band Competition winners the Winter
Kings and more recently rock superstars 4th Labyrinth. 3 years ago she decided
to focus on her own songwriting and has been playing solo acoustic gigs as well
as fronting her own band "Claudia & the Braidy Bunch".
Their style can be described as a colourful mixture of musical styles. Mellow
yet uplifting acoustic sweetness with hints of soul, jazz, folk and a good
sense of fun!!
During their first year they were privileged to play at the Cambridge Rock
Festival and the prestigious Secret Garden Party festival. They are an annual
fixture at Cambridge's
Big Day Out and every Christmas embark on the crazy "12 gigs of
Christmas" where they play 12 venues in one day to raise money for
Macmillan Cancer Support!
Claudia is currently working on her debut album "Storms & Silver
Linings" which is due to be released this autumn.
We’re really pleased to be able to
confirm that one of this year's headline bands will be FM, who last played the
CRF three years ago and went down so well we've been hoping to get them back.
FM formed in 1984, out of the ashes
of Wildlife who had toured extensively, sadly without ever quite breaking
through. Founder member Steve Overland was initially joined by his brother Chris
(also of Wildlife), and with two members from Saxon, Merv Goldsworthy on bass
and Pete Jupp on drums, plus Didge Digital on keyboards, FM were
Chris Overland left in 1989 and after a few changes Jim Kirkpatrick
become the second guitarist in 2009, with Jem Davis taking over keyboards for a
second time in 2007. In this time they have released nine studio albums. They
also have TV appearances and many huge worldwide tours behind them and their
brand of AOR is sure to go down really well again at this year's
What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot
it would seem. Tygers of Pan Tang (the name was appropriated from a Michael
Moorcock novel) began their career playing the pubs and clubs of their native
north east and ended it with a sold out tour of Japanese concert halls. Or so it
With four albums in their early
years they headlined tours of major UK venues, dates in Europe and finally a tour of
Japan, where they outsold acts who
were considered to be their superiors but then dissolved after a series of
disagreements with their record company. Years later, founder member Robb Weir
reformed the band, carefully chose Italian singer Jacopo Meille, Gav Gray from
South Shields a veteran of the hard rock scene on bass, drummer Craig Ellis from
Doncaster and the youngest member of the band guitar prodigy Micky Crystal from
Washington, to both perform the old material and write new
A female guitar prodigy, Chantel was
told by a major label that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar
like that!" Wisely ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of
Music and became the first student in the college’s history to achieve a 100%
pass mark at BTEC, with 18 distinctions, followed by a First Class Honours
degree in Popular Music and the coveted college’s musician of the year award.
After releasing two highly acclaimed
albums in 2011 and 2015 and years of touring and festival appearances, she
returned with a vengeance with ten new songs that not only salutes contemporary
rock, but shows her gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder,
bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences. Chantel is currently
writing her third album and will debut some of the new tracks at the CRF.
Conceptualized by guitarist and song
writer Teddy Clemente, the T Clemente Band is quickly rising to be one of the
San Francisco/San Jose strongest original rock band contenders. Teaming up with
Grammy nominated producer, Robert Berry, drummer David Lauser, best known for
his work with Sammy Hagar, and the powerful vocal stylings of Amanda Dieck, the
T Clemente Band has repeatedly delivered a solid vintage 70’s/80’s rock sound
that continues to excite audiences all around the world. They are currently in
the studio producing their third album, Man Machine, expected to be released in
the autumn of 2017.
The T Clemente Band has had the
pleasure of rocking the stage with the likes of Michael Schenker, Y&T band
and the late Ronnie Montrose. The band is thrilled to be flying over to the UK
again this year to play the Cambridge Rock Festival after last year’s debut, and
will use it as a launch-pad for more dates in the UK and a third European Tour
this August, 2017, currently being planned.
Community is Matthew Cohen – bass (The Reasoning / Magenta), Simon Rogers –
guitar (Also Eden), Jake Bradford-Sharp – drums (The Reasoning), Robert Gerrard
(The Reasoning) and the band’s singer supreme, John Paul Vaughan (Unbroken
Their debut release demonstrates a serious contemporary prog
experience. There’s a strong hard rock core, yet strains of prog are never far
away, especially in tracks like Mirror Lakes and the impressive, lengthy title
track. Although Riversea vocalist Marc Atkinson was the original singer and some
of his vocals appear on the album, he was unable to commit to the project on a
long term basis. ‘Cycle of Life’ was written through a maelstrom of adversity
and you can hear it and feel it but, this is an album of hope; and if we ever
needed an album of hope, it’s right now.” The album was co-produced and mixed by
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief, Opeth & Katatonia) and the
Ghost Community were voted No.1 Tip for 2017 in the Prog Reader's
Poll and have also been nominated in the Limelight category of the Prog Awards.
Currently in the process of writing album 2, their star is truly, in the
ascendancy. Passengers get on board, welcome to the Cycle of Life. We’re all in
4th Labyrinth is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer Marcel Kunkel but the band started life as a group of musicians, long before playing together in the 4th Labyrinth project. The band creates an energy that is hard to find in this world of manufactured bands and artificial stardom. You’ll find the 4th Labyrinth sound somewhere between Queen, ELO, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Radiohead and The Foo Fighters. It’s a sound that goes back to basics, a bit like it used to be in the 70’s – but with a modern approach…
Marcel is joined by some long-time associates - enigmatic bass player Claudia McKenzie, drummer Tom Winch and guitarists Andy Cross and Lachlan Golder.
Photo: courtesy Concert Photography Plus - www.tcpp.uk (Trevor Cotterell)
Maverick were formed by local
singer/songwriter Louis Perritt, who at 15 recorded his second EP with his band
and subsequently played last year’s CRF as the youngest band there. They have
supported fellow local boys Walkway and in 2017 will be playing various local
venues including Cambridge Junction, Melbourne Rock Club, and the Rock
Louis writes about deep-seated
emotions reflecting a teen world-view filled with hopes and fears, at times
battling against the odds - guitar/keyboard driven fusion of catchy riffs and
dark prog with blues attitude! He cites his influences as The Beatles, Bowie, Stones, Elvis, Elton John, Nick Cave, all sorts, through to Black Sabbath,
Pink Floyd, Radiohead. The band are completed by fellow 15 year-olds Adam Vining
(lead guitar, ex Stormdreamer), Adam Pollard (bass) and James D'Alessandro
2010 by Jason (Rosé days) Norden and Phil (Ann Summers) Watts
on guitar, Jason and the Skagonauts specialise in giving you a good time. There
are many excellent ska bands around but Jason and the Skagonauts play
harder-edged punk/rock ska, both covers and originals. Forget all those ska
standards you thought you liked, this is super-charged ska! The rest of the
noise is made by Richard (Betty Ford Clinic) Spooner on bass, Mark (I thought
that went well) Gordon on drums, Alex (roll up) Poole
on keyboards and Craig (pokerface) Hardie on exceptional lead guitar. More
recently they habitually involve saxophonist Liz
(on licence from Big 10) Mitchell in their shenanigans.
punk/rock ska style and devil may care attitude they were approached by Music
Production Company ‘Bob and Barn’ to supply original songs for two films: ’Ska
Time’ was written for Green Street 3 and more recently ‘Lawbreaker’ for The
Hatton Garden Job. They are currently working on an album of original ska
material and bringing much merriment and skanking with their live performances –
their set that should finish off your Friday night with a high-energy cocktail
of ska, rock and punk. Why wouldn’t you?
Doris Brendel, a singer of rare
talent and pedigree, released her latest album, Eclectica, in 2017 in
conjunction with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham. The daughter of
famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving
force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour. Various projects followed,
producing more albums and collaborations with other highly regarded musicians
until in 2010 she made time for a dedicated album ‘the Last Adventure’.
Teaming up with guitarist and
producer Lee Dunham, they released the highly acclaimed ‘Not Utopia’ in 2012,
followed by ‘Upside Down World’ in 2015 which spans pop, rock, prog and acoustic
styles, confronting happy and sad topics with a humorous, angst-ridden style,
blending them into a cocktail of sound and meaning. Think Janis Joplin getting
down with the Beatles and Muse….
2017 has seen
the release of the latest chapter in her career: ‘Eclectica, once again
reflecting her multi-faceted personality with an eclectic collection of songs
popularly described as 'Progressive Pop', and again produced by and featuring
Doris was offered the chance to sing
with Pink Floyd on the Great Gig in the Sky tour but had to turn it down due to
contracted tour commitments, but has still managed to work with Alvin Lee, Gary
Moore, Sam Brown, Joe Brown, Herbie Flowers, and has tour extensively with
Marillion, Nils Lofgren, John Farnham, Steve Marriott and most recently 2 tours
with Wishbone Ash! A European tour is planned for Jan/Feb 2018 and in December
she is both supporting Fish and singing backing vocals for
Doris Brendel is one of the most
accomplished and exciting live singers on the scene. Apart from first-class
musicianship, she puts on incredibly visual shows, with outlandish steam-punk
costumes and with a bit of luck her second, and later CRF appearance this year
will include the chance to properly show off her trademark laser
Maria Daines is a rock frontwoman
whose no-nonsense 4 piece band is based in East Anglia. The
band has opened for Pink, Hawkwind and Wishbone Ash. With a Southern hard rock
sound and plaudits from the legendary Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes and Willie
Nelson, Daines voice has been critically acclaimed. Artist Launch magazine wrote
'If you mix Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge and add a dash of Gretchen
Wilson, you will start to comprehend the powerhouse that is Maria Daines'. With
a prolific back catalogue written by Daines and guitarist Paul Killington, their
long awaited straight ahead blues album 'Your Time Will Come' is expected to
land later this year.
British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a
reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman
in 22 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for
the blues. They have had a total of five nominations in the British Blues
Awards in the last two years, and both albums have reached no 1 in
the IBBA blues airplay charts.
Formed in March 2013, this British
blues rock outfit have made a name for themselves with powerful performances of
their original and atmospheric material. The Band have one EP & two full
releases to date, the debut album ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ reached No 4 in
the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association’ Charts and their follow-up
‘Presence & Gain’ helped them to be nominated as one of the ‘Emerging
Artists’ in the 2016 British Blues Awards.
Their music has been described as
guitar driven, rockin’ blues’ and has already allowed them to share stages with
Walter Trout, Larry Miller, Robin Trower, Martin Barre, Wishbone Ash & Focus
amongst others. Take some early ZZ Top (before they became commercial), add
some sizzling slide guitar, mix in some Dire Straits (but with a modern edge to
it) & you'll start to get an idea of their unique and irresistible
In 2014 Chris Bevington realised a lifetimes ambition to record a Blues based album drawing on influences such as Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. After months of hard work, the first album ' Chris Bevington and Friends' was released to critical acclaim here in the UK, USA and globally. The album charted in both the UK and US Blues charts on multiple occasions and received fantastic reviews in Classic Rock, Blues in Britain and numerous Music and Radio organisations across the Blues and Rock world.
Album 2 followed in 2016, repeating the previous success by charting many times. The band included a host of guest musicians, Manfred Mann’s vocalist Robert Hart, 2017 Blues UK Award winning vocalist - Rebecca Downes, Chris Aldridge from The Climax Blues Band, Steve Overland from UK rock band FM and 10cc drummer Paul Burgess. The current line-up of this highly popular nine-piece outfit features Jim Kirkpatrick from FM, plus the fabulous duo Vocals of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller from Nearly Dan and the Vocal and Guitar talents of Scott Ralph. The band are also lucky to have a fantastic Brass section comprising of: Adrian Gibson (Trumpet) and Mike Yorke (Sax) to complete the 9-piece line-up.
The Hot One
Two are the latest addition to Cambridge's
rock family. Cramming contagious riffs, face-contorting solos and monstrous
beats into their tracks, they are certainly not to be missed at a show near
you! Despite only hitting the scene in March of 2017, The Hot One Two took away
two awards from the Cambridge Band Competition, ‘Best Rock Act’ and ‘The
Showmanship Award’. They have made appearances on local radio, venues
throughout East Anglia,
and are currently gearing up to release their debut EP in the Autumn of 2017.
by the rock scene of the late 70s and early 80s, The Hot One Two will have you
punching your fist in the air, shouting at the top of your voice, and making
you wish you’d dug out that spandex catsuit!
Composer and performer Malcolm Bruce has toured all over the
world with such artists as Leslie West (Mountain), Joe Satriani and his father
Jack Bruce (Cream), and recorded with Little Richard, Eric Clapton, Ozzy
Osbourne, Elton John and Dr. John.
recently completed a tour of Australia
/ New Zealand
playing The Music Of Cream with special guests Glenn Hughes and Robben Ford,
and is currently touring in support of his new album ‘Salvation’ (Pledge Music
thought it? Stone Roses Americana finally comes to Essex…
With musical references that include John Mayer and Ryan Adams, mixed with some
of Led Zeppelin’s forgotten acoustic work, The Insiders have triumphantly come
up with a sound that makes people smile. The narrative was always there with
Ian’s relentless ability to write songs that nudge your consciousness while
James Hender’s peerless musicianship was at times simply breathtaking.
Those who were at the 2016 CRF
bright and early well remember Jo Ash storming through a set fronting local band
Derecho – their third appearance
after the previous Springfest and one of our support events.
This year she’s
back playing her own solo material.
Captivating singer-songwriter Jo
promises dynamic vocal performances accompanied by expressive piano playing.
Sometimes likened to Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux, yet always maintaining
uniqueness in her style, Jo reels audiences into her world during her live
shows. Jo, who has appeared at Strawberry Fair and the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, is currently working on her debut album. Performing with her, to
further ignite your senses, will be Mike Wheatley on guitar and Nigel Turner on
Rich Young is from Newmarket and describes
himself as a professional miserablist, kingmaker and a tortoise smuggler - but
in reality, he is an 'all-round' accomplished musician, playing guitar and
keyboards, singing and being a dab-hand with the
Not only has he written many songs
for himself with a fifth album due soon, he’s well respected in the music
industry and has written and done session work for many other musicians and he’s
composed and produced jingles for TV & Radio ads. Rich has also developed a
high profile in the U.S.A. resulting in tours there twice
each year. Rich is know for his great sense of
humour - one of his favourite quotes is by Tony Hancock - "Cor stone me what a
Tia and the
Bandits are an acoustic three piece and play a range of different
genres all from different eras who have been together for over 3 years. They
are working on their first EP of which three songs have been recorded. Whilst
they play mainly covers they try to put their own spin on things, with a few of
their own original songs thrown in too. They are thoroughly looking forward to playing
at the Cambridge Rock Festival.
Zoe Green delivers a powerful, sultry blues rock vocal and high octane performance- accompanied by legendary and ridiculously talented guitarist Ali Clinton (Uli John Roth) with Toby Wilson (Laurence Jones, Joanne Shaw Taylor) on Drums, David Clarke (Alvin Stardust, Ruby Turner) on Bass and Paul Brambani on Hammond. The whole band are a powerhouse, delivering an explosive set of originals and covers and an unmissable full-on show. They will be launching their much awaited EP in 2017.
John Wright’s Wednesday Session is held weekly at The Boathouse in Cambridge and has become somewhat of an institution and is now in its eighth year. The Session has provided a platform for established local artistes, and bands, to perform to an enthusiastic crowd week in and week out. Its popularity with audiences and musicians has just grown and grown and there is no other pub in Cambridge that attracts such large midweek audiences.
The members come with a wealth of musical experience and as individuals, or jointly, they have had, or continue to have, positions with “Katrina and The Waves”, “Kim and Lee”, “Jack”, “Split Whiskers”, “Heavy Load”, “The Sure-Can Play Boys” and “The Pillars of Creation” to name just a few!! They deliver a mix of original music, pop, rock, blues and covers of classic material. Something for everyone!!
Clive is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player with roots in folk-rock, performing original compositions and timeless favourites. This is his third appearance at the CRF, he is also a regular at the Leigh Folk Festival and has enjoyed airtime on Radio Caroline and other stations.
One of the most highly influential
and recognisable names from the English Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot
Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned nearly 40 years. Although often
categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply
interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad
mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. The energy and attitude certainly
endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie &
The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or
gone out of style.
Lead as ever by Barrie Masters, the
line up of Simon Bowley (drums) Dipster (bass) Richard Holgarth (guitar)
and Chris Taylor (guitar) has been on the road almost continuously for the last
10 years, serving up a high energy mix of those classic Eddie & The Hot
Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”,
“Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs
taken from their last two studio albums.
Each year sees the C.R.F. continue
its tradition of introducing new bands and that's a policy that will continue.
Last year there was a twist - when is a new band not a new band? Answer: when
it's Son Of Man! Formed by George Jones, son of legendary Man guitarist Micky
Jones at his father's request, and with the support of the late, legendary Deke
Leonard, Son Of Man played last year to huge acclaim and now with their first
album to bear their own name out for al to hear, we're really excited that they
will be back again this year.
Featuring Man (and occasional AC/DC!) drummer Bob
Richards and various members of fellow Welsh rockers Sassafras, they will be
featuring both their own album and Man classics in their set this
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Never just a 'two hit wonder', Otway carved out a remarkable career since his paternity-threatening accident on The Old Grey Whistle Test. One of the most original, most amusing and life affirming acts on the circuit today, he is performing with his band - they recently recorded a stunning new album on the island of Monserrat, the first to do so since the Rolling Stones.
Dreamers have a distinctly British take on power-pop and built a formidable live
reputation in the mid 90’s with their shimmering glam style. Their debut album
Retrosexual, a love letter to the early '70s glam scene, caught the attention of
Kerrang! magazine, resulting in an awards nomination for 'best new band’ before
tragedy and disillusionment forced the band to call it a
In 2014 they
staged a fabulous comeback releasing an album of rarities and have since in 2015
toured with Runaway’s singer Cherie Currie & in 2016 opened for bands such
as the Darkness, Terrorvision, Hey Hello & Tigertailz, with two new singles
both achieving no.1 status on the TBFM/HRH radio network charts. In support of
their latest and highly acclaimed album ‘Transmission From Oblivion’, this
Spring they have toured as special guests to The Quireboys and played the main
stage at HRHAOR Festival in both the UK &
comparisons are diverse & include the likes of T-Rex, Mott, Hanoi Rocks, The
Kinks, Green Day & Cheap trick, what’s for sure is that their live
energetic show will be full of powerful & catchy pop songs, full of energy,
emotion, grit & glamour!
Maniac is the outstanding new rock band formed by 3 members of Eddie & the Hotrods.
In July 2016 the band released their self titled album on their own record
label Rodhot Records. The album received widespread acclaim from both music
press and rock radio stations, many making it their album of the week. High
profile supports with Jon Stevens (INXS, Dead Daisies), Big Country, Molly
Hatchet and The Tearaways from USA
followed before a number of summer festivals in UK
JFK Blue are a London based stylish rock/blues band with a fresh take on well-crafted rock and blues, with stirring songs and superb musicianship. They translate that to barnstorming live performances which leave audiences wanting more.
With influences that range from bluesy harmony based Southern Rock through jazz and hard rock this band captures a vitality that’s both fresh in concept as in delivery.
They are five musicians with one aim - to play their style of blues and rock with freedom of expression, not to get hung up on genres but to play music that they like to create.
‘Rough Round The Edges’, the band’s debut album, is made up of completely self-penned material and is receiving great reviews.
The band which have only been going for a year, feature Chris Elliot, on lead vocals and guitar, Iago Banet on lead guitar, Damien Man on keyboards, Leslie Fleischman on bass and Sol Ezra on drums, percussion and vocals
The Kinky Wizzards are one of the
most audacious, exciting and fun instrumental rock jazz bands to have exploded
in the music scene for some time. The Welsh trio, comprising bassist Mathew
‘Miffy’ Griffiths, drummer Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths and guitarist Ryan ‘Riffy’
Elliott offer an unforgettable pyrotechnical kinky display of musical wizardry
where you can expect anything from flying drum sticks to slapped bass to
indulgent yet infectious guitar solos, all packaged in ludicrous song titles
such as ‘Door Dancing Penny Collector’ and ‘Stomp Foot Syndrome’.
Since releasing their debut album
‘Tasting Toadstools’ of predominantly bass and drums, the band has sold records
worldwide and has already garnered a solid reputation, having played the London
drum show to an audience including Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, been featured on
DrumTalk TV and opened for Frank Zappa’s band members, The Mothers of Invention.
The band is currently working on
their sophomore album set for release later this year. Introducing Elliott’s
guitar to the band’s catalogue, this will be a record from three extremely
dedicated musicians who set out to push musical boundaries whilst always holding
their notorious sense of humorous wit that will thrill any lover of instrumental
This band of guys have played
together for many years and can win over even the most difficult crowd with the
strong original material from their five albums, interspersed with their own
versions of great rock and blues classics, making them one of the most
entertaining bands ever to come out of the Eastern region of the
Powerful frontman/vocalist Roger
James’ rapport with an audience has to be experienced and together with loveable
showman Rich Young (keyboards/guitar), Mark Holmes (lead guitar), Del Fletcher
(bass) and the solid drumming of Paul Hale, this band are a force to be reckoned
with; there are very few bands who would wish to follow them on
A crowd favourite for the last five
Cambridge Rock Festivals means you really should not miss the chance to see this
great live band and their sixth album “So Far....So Good” should be released by
the time they play CRF!
The award winning blues rock
guitarist Luke Doherty started playing festivals when he was twelve years old,
and 10 years later, he hasn’t looked back. After achieving a Rock School first, 2 grade 8’s by the age of
11, it lead to many newspaper and radio interviews. In his early years Luke was
encouraged to record his version of Parisian Walkways of which Gary Moore had a
copy. He has gone on to play numerous festivals, blues clubs and music venues up
and down the country, including the legendary Cambridge Rock Festival, 100 Club
in London and Upton Blues Festival, and has shared stages with many major blues
In 2015 Luke and his band released
their all originals album “Six Strings and a Stetson”, which has been played all
around the world and to rave reviews and recording of a second album is now
underway. The band features Paul Morgan on vocals and harp, jazz influenced
percussionist Simon Parratt (he’s recently obtained a BMus (hons) degree in
jazz!) who brings a twist to the music, and bassist Ant Biggs who has toured the
world with Cajun rockers folk band The Butter Mountain
With three albums
under their belt, tours and supports with Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout
among others and their critically acclaimed latest studio album 'Reflections'
earning rave reviews, The Mentulls
have been winning over audiences in the UK and Europe with their own unique
brand of ‘prog blues rock’. The
Mentulls have become
known for their refreshingly unique sound that sets them apart from the rest of
the crowd. This is certainly the case on the band's critically acclaimed new
studio album 'Reflections' which features nine genre defying tracks. This is not
surprising as each member of the band grew up listening to a wide variety of
music, especially 60s and 70s classic rock and blues, and a healthy portion of
the earliest progressive bands. Guitarist Andrew
Pipe, who has been nominated two years running for the ‘Best Young Artist Award’
in The British Blues Awards in 2012 and 2013, has also appeared on stage with
Wishbone Ash and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull). To quote Maximum Volume Music,
“It’s hard to stand out. Unless you are as superb as The Mentulls are, that is”!
Pearl Handled Revolver were brought
together by a mutual love of all things gritty, psychedelic and cinematic and a
desire to create music uninhibited by considerations of genre, taste or decency.
From the outset the band have been passionate about following their musical
instincts rather than adhering to a particular style or fashion. Their unique
take on the heavier side of life is borne of this adventurous spirit, which has,
in turn, enabled them to absorb a myriad of influences drawn from the darkest
corners of the blues to the outer edges of psychedelic expression, from primal
rock n roll to cerebral film score. But regular attendees of the CRF will know
that and no doubt will be back for more this year!
'They sound like some half
remembered dream you had about Tom Waits fronting the Doors. Creepy, Groovy and
utterly infectious'. – Classic Rock Magazine
'It's music that sounds like it's
coming up through the gutter from a subterranean blues club that is frequented
by a collection of vagabonds and circus freaks tripping on hallucinogens.' -
Split Whiskers have their roots
firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing
boundaries into rock, americana and more than a hint of the
Delta. The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest
bands at blues venues around the UK, in particular in great demand on
the Festival circuit. Their superb musicianship, along with their infectious
humour on stage, promises a great evening’s
BBC radio said they
“embrace excellence when playing live, the show is a complete experience, you
will leave after feeling refreshed and invigorated by their blues...”, they are
a local band who regular CRF go-ers will have seen before, fronted by Gilby J
Fletcher on vocals and blues harp and Johnny ‘Magic Boy’ Wright on guitars and
vocals, with Matt Wilshaw (keys), Alex Machell (bass) and Tony Hill
four piece outfit from Shrewsbury, have been
hailed as one of the freshest new sounds in the UK blues rock
and soul circuit. The band have developed a distinctive sound that embodies a
fusion of dynamic musical elements that bridges the gap between Blues, Rock, Pop
The band are
particularly fascinated with the sounds of the past, ranging from soul melodies
and psychedelic sounds to garage-rock riffs and R&B
Rainbreakers reached new heights, with a string of live dates up and down the
country supporting the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and The Devon Allman
Band. Their performance at last year’s Great British Rock and Blues Festival in
Skegness saw them win the crowd vote on the Introducing Stage and gain a place
on the Main Stage at this year’s festival. The bands efforts have even gained
the attention of The British Blues Awards, who nominated Rainbreakers for The
Barry Middleton Award for Best Emerging Artist 2016.
Captain Horizon are an original
alternative rock band from the West Midlands.
Drawing from a wide range of influences, they write and perform songs that don’t
really sound like anyone else. The band are totally committed to creating
something new with every song they write, and in the process have carved out a
sound entirely their own.
They’ve been described as a “…
unique blend of alt, prog, classic rock, indie and unashamedly glorious pop…”
and having “emotional integrity and intellectual rigour married to songs of
almost unbearably moving intensity” – performing live Captain Horizon deliver
their songs in a frontal assault of passion, energy, vocal harmonies and
To date, Captain Horizon have independently released three EPs
and two critically-acclaimed full-length albums (with a third on it’s way) and
with numerous festival appearances and international tours under their belt, the
band have built a fanbase from the ground up and cultivated a unique identity in
the underground scene.
the years Heather has developed her level of stage-craft to the point of being
labelled an utterly mesmeric and charismatic performer. This boundless depth and
dynamic of her stage presence coupled with her richness, power and beauty of
voice deny you the ability to be anything other than captive when she sings.
Working up a reputation for being one of the finest female vocalists of her time
winning her awards for such and her songs alike, Heather’s solo career is to be
one that promises greatness in every aspect.
just 19 she was asked to join York based Mostly Autumn, where she shared much
creative success and attention from fans and media alike but in 2010 she decided
to launch a solo career; albeit one that has frequently involved her former
bandmates and other associated with them, including offshoot band Odin Dragonfly
formed with Angela Gordon.
has a year gone by without Heather playing at the CRF and this year she’s back
with the slimmed down trio version of her latest band, sure to delight her ever
growing fanbase with songs old and new.
Tobi is a genre-breaking
singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso. Born into a musical family, his parents
provided the perfect environment for Tobi to develop his artistic creativity.
Although his first love was street dance, everything changed when at 12 years
old he found a guitar in his parents’ bedroom. Inspired by the likes of Gary
Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix as well as contemporary artists such
as Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, he took the two very different genres
and incorporated them into his own unique musical
Initially playing covers in some of
the toughest venues in London, a demo reached Free legend Andy Fraser
who immediately signed him. At 15 he was whisked off to the States for a
promotional tour, hanging out Joe Bonamassa in Malibu, then in 2012 he played the Isle of
Wight Festival, and was also a guest at Newark Blues Festival where he was
invited to join former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor on stage. Since then
he’s co-hosted a weekly radio show, talking to many musical
Musician/songwriter Nick Judd
started out as keyboard player for a variety of R n B, soul, pop, rock and
fusion outfits including, among others, Mirrors, Juicy Lucy, The Alan Bown Set,
Audience, The Andy Fraser Band, The Frankie Miller Band and, over the last few
years Madness ‘spin-offs’ The Camden Cowboys and Crunch; recording credits also
include Brian Eno and Fairport Convention. Most recently he has recently been
touring with the reformed and revitalised Sharks, following the recording of
their new album Killers of the Deep, with singles One Last Thrill and Ya Ya
Alongside this, Nick has been
working on a solo project - ‘a completely new venture – no, adventure – for me’
– taking on the roles of writer/instrumentalist/ vocalist and recording his
debut EP at The Next Room studios with producers Bobby Wainwright and Richie
Burton; the first single (and title track) Nightfall is due for release in March
2017 via Roulette Media/Records. Nick is currently working on new material for
live solo performance and future recording, and has been supporting Steve
Rodgers on his ‘Intimate Acoustic’ Tour (UK) in February
Singer/songwriters Richard Wells and Tom Heffer mix their own style with that of their influences - CSN&Y, Jackson Browne and The Beatles - to create quality songs that are both inventive and truly heartfelt. Richard is making his second appearance at the CRF this year.
Mandie Graham and Roy Mette teamed up earlier this year to form Rough'n'Ready to run alongside their other musical projects. Mandie is a long time member of the band Roadhouse and Roy performs solo or with his band in the UK and thoughout mainland Europe.
Strong vocals and harmonies together with Roy's varied guitar styles feature heavilly in the original material written specifically for this project, alongside some well known, if unexpected, covers.
Already gaining something of a reputation wherever they play Rough'n'Ready is proud to have something unique to offer the Cambridge Rock Festival.
Probably best known for her time as wife
and fellow member of the Nik Kershaw band that toured extensively and achieved
huge chart success, the inevitable association is unfair to Sheri, because it
fails to recognise the prodigious talent this lady possesses in her own right.
Her recent work showcases her fantastic
song writing and vocal skills and a typical set includes soulful ballads
written straight from the heart, laced with numbers with almost a West Coast
American feel, right through to more hard edged blues numbers, all delivered by
three incredibly talented musicians, being Sheri herself (vocals and guitar),
Martyn Hewitt (guitar) and Chris Bullen on bass (of Two Coats Colder).
For such a slight lady, Sheri’s vocals pack a real punch and
she undoubtedly possesses one of the most natural and expressive singing voices
on the current circuit.
soulful, confident, composed and visionary. These are just some of the words
that could describe the performances of Rich Somers, whether live or in the
studio. He’s developed his own songwriting, added a blues tint, and created an
honest portrayal of life’s ups and downs.
We are again pleased
to be able to tell you that the legendary Atomic Rooster, who reformed last year
and played a stunning set at the CRF last year - their first full gig for 32
years - will be headlining the Sunday evening this year, to close the thirteenth
festival (and before anyone mentions it, yes we know Friday would
have been more appropriate, aficionados please
Featuring Pete French
(vocals) and Steve Bolton (guitar) who were key members of the band in the early
1970s, they had two top twenty singles in 1971 (Tomorrow Night and The Devil’s
Answer) and two top twenty albums in 1971/72. They are recognised as influencing
many early classic rock and prog bands and are sure to bring the festival to a
fantastic end this year.
Magenta are very excited to be making their debut at the
Cambridge Rock Festival on Sunday August 6th 2017.
April, the South Wales-based Progressive Rock band released their long-awaited
studio album "We Are Legend" on Tigermoth Records. The band features
ever-present members Rob Reed (keyboards), Christina Booth (vocals) and Chris
Fry (guitar) alongside dynamic new rhythm section Dan Nelson (bass) and Jiffy
Griffiths (drums). The band are seasoned live musicians, having played live all
over the world, including gigs and festivals in the USA, Mexico and many European countries.
As a band and individually they have won numerous times at CRS partners The
Classic Rock Society’s annual awards. Propelled by the soaring voice of Christina, the band
are most often compared to classic 70s Progressive Rock bands like Yes, Genesis
and Pink Floyd, but also incorporate more modern influences into their sound,
including Eurythmics, Mew and even Depeche Mode. As at home with 10 minute plus
prog epics as they are with shorter songs, the band's live performances are
notorious for their passion, energy and sense of fun.
rock band steeped in the primal intimacy of the Blues” is how Classic Rock
magazine described worldwide festival favourite Deborah Bonham & her
powerful band, who feature players from Paul Rodgers, Black Sabbath,
Rory Gallagher & Steve Marriott’s bands. They have just returned from
accompanying the legendary Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers on tour.
will be performing many songs from her ‘Duchess’ and ‘The Old Hyde’ albums live,
plus several originally recorded in 1985 for her debut album ‘For You And The
Moon’. Enhanced versions of these (featuring many notable musicians including
Jason Bonham, Robert Plant, Mick Fleetwood and Paul Rodgers) are being released
to Metal Talk, she’s quite possibly the most vocally impressive, entertaining
and awe-inspiring performer they’ve seen… come along and see for yourselves!
Counted amongst the top 100 best
prog bands of all time and winners of Best Live Concert and Best Female Vocalist
(Olivia Sparnenn-Josh) in the Classic Rock Society awards, Mostly Autumn’s
musical palette is diverse, they draw on influences from the golden age of rock,
but have developed their own unique sound that both captures the essence of that
era and yet looks forward into the future. Delighted to be invited to support
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in 2016 and 2017, they have earned themselves a name
for their outstanding live shows and have been described as ‘the best band you
have never heard’.
In their roughly 20 year history
they have released numerous studio and live albums and DVDs, always to great
acclaim in the music press. Regular CRF attendees will know them well; not only
do they hold the record for the most appearances (they only missed the first
festival!), flautist Angela Gordon appeared three times in one day last year
with different bands, and many members past and present are also well known for
their involvement with other bands who have appeared at the
Bad Touch originally formed in 2010
when the band members were still in college. In their formative years, they
played local pubs and performed covers of some rock classics, and gradually
began to compose original material. Over the last few years Bad Touch have
started making a name for themselves and built a reputation for their dynamic
live shows, resulting in them winning the Exposure Music Award in 2012 for their
live show and a slot at Hard Rock Hell.
In 2013 they toured the
UK with The Quireboys and won
the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest, then in 2014 they toured with Bonafide, The
Electric Boys and Tyketto, and played more UK
festivals including Download, Steelhouse, Legends of Rock and Hard Rock
Debut album “Half Way Home” was released in 2015, receiving rave reviews
from the rock press and more tours, this time with The Answer and Snakecharmer.
Second album “Truth Be Told” was released in December 2016. They remain busy
this year with more festival appearances and have just completed support for
Britain’s award-winning blues rock
band King King.
CAIRO is the
latest new band project of Rob Cottingham - ex founder/writer/keys of
Touchstone. The sound comprises keyboard wizardry and electronica with modern
rock values, dynamic guitar work and soaring vocals to create an enthralling
progressive music sound that will capture the hearts and minds of modern music
fans, as well as traditional and classic prog rock
The first ever air play of their
debut album,’Say', was exclusively introduced by Dave Roberts at CRF 2016 over
the Main Stage speakers, before Focus headlined. Since announcing the band in
August last year, and releasing the album a few months later, they were
nominated in the PROG Readers Poll as #6 Tip for 2017, and won Classic Rock
Society’s Best Newcomer Award for 2016. Endorsed by Steve Hackett as
’recommended to all’ and John Mitchell as ‘stellar…jam-packed with epic moments,
memorable hooks and heart-warming melodies’ - the air play at CRF is over - and
it is time to see them live. Yet another band not to
Johanne James’ progressive band Kyrbgrinder, who are well know to regular
CRF attendees, have agreed to open Sunday on the Rock & Prog stage for us!
new to Johanne’s musical career, in addition to Kyrbgrinder, he drums for two
progressive metal bands, Threshold and Symphony Of Pain. – he somehow many to provide vocals for
Kyrbgrinder whilst holding his band together. To be honest there’s no point
staying in your tents on Sunday Morning – you can rest assured Kyrbgrinder are
going to wake you up!!
are Krossborder records recording artists and one of the UK’s longest
lasting Blues/Rock Festival Bands. Featuring two stunning female vocalists and
two notable lead guitarists, they are famous for the quality of their original
material, with over 11 critically acclaimed CD’s to their credit, all of which
have generated global airplay. The current CD City of Decay, charted last year
and tracks were available for a long period on BBC I Player. They play smoking
southern blues with a touch of gothic!
have played at numerous prestigious festivals across both the UK and the rest
of Europe, in most cases with many return performances year on year and played
Glastonbury in 2010. Their dynamic stage show (they’ve played more than 2,000) includes
founder member and guitarist Gary Boner, former Chinatown
guitarist Danny Gwilym, vocalists Sarah Harvey-Smart and Mandie Graham, plus
Bill Hobley and Roger Hunt. Firm favourites at CRF, this year will be their 5th
Ben Poole - singer & songwriter, blues/rock/soul
guitarist, and is touring with a whole host of UK and European shows this year,
which included a support to King King and many other great bands and musicians,
and has also performed at the 6th International Gary Moore Festival. Another
guitarist discovered by the CRF while he was still and up-and-coming star, he
played four consecutive years from 2011-2014, he’s back again this year on the
BluesRock stage on Sunday.
It’s not just us that noticed his talent though Jeff Beck
has said “F***ing amazing! I loved his playing…I really loved his playing!” and
Gary Moore called him “a really great player!”. Richie Kotzen perhaps summed
him up best: “Unbelievable! It’s very refreshing to hear someone in today’s
time who reminds me of the guys who inspired me when I was young. He’ll be a
household name someday for sure… Amazing!” – Richie Kotzen.
When you hear comments such as the above from some of the
worlds’ greatest guitar players and from leading UK music & guitarist magazines,
you just know they have heard something very special. Twenty-five year old Ben
Poole is currently being described as the most exciting young blues guitarist
to come out of the UK
for a long, long time.
band’s journey, since 2012 has seen them through a significant evolution. Dan
Spellman joined Alex Butler (lead guitar) Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp
(bass) during the latter part of 2016 and became lead vocalist. The tightness of
the new line up owes much to the fact that Alex, Charlie and Dan played together
as ColdHeat for 4 years from the tender age of 14. Fans, new and old, have been
thrilled by the heavier sound coupled with the ever present energy and
excitement which are a Red Butler trademark.
Due to the success of
the current line-up, and in response to popular demand, the band will release an
EP this summer and are working towards a full album later this year. Red
Butler continue to thrill
audiences as they develop a heavier sound whilst preserving the passion and
sensitivity that is their style. The presence of Dan on rhythm guitar has
generated more space for Alex to express himself and opened up the opportunity
for duelling guitars. The onstage chemistry is
obvious to audiences and the band is revelling in the experience.
guitarist Laurence Jones has a history of appearances at the CRF dating back to
years before he achieved stardom with his introduced into the British Blues
Awards Hall Of Fame after winning their Young Artist Of The Year award for
three years in a row - 2014, 2015 & 2016. He’s also been voted Best
European Guitarist in the European Music Awards.
solo albums have sold over 50,000 copies, reaching the top 50 in the
Independent Music Charts. Laurence has supported the likes of Buddy Guy, Joe
Bonamassa, Status Quo, Sir Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Jools Holland, Walter
Trout, Johnny Winter and too many more to list!
London Blusion is a band that plays
blues with a pinch of funk, rock and fusion formed by the session guitarist Mete
Ege ( George Michael, Abbey Road, SKY, BBC, EMI etc ) and drummer Nick Marangoni
( 2012 London Olympics Ceremony, Underworld etc.).
The band’s second critically
acclaimed release in 2017 “Second Time Lucky” is one of the most played albums
in the blues radio stations (IBBA) nationally and internationally with many
guests on board, including members from Steely Dan, Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton,
Prince, Jazz Warriors, James Taylor Quartet, Gilles Peterson, Joanne Shaw
Taylor, Cairo Son and Heavy Sky.
London Blusion is the band to go see
if you enjoy blues with a fusion edge and a show of
are a Heavy Blues Rock band from the UK, influenced by British Blues Rock Bands
from the 60's & 70's but with a sound and feel similar to modern bands such
as Rival Sons & Clutch.
opened for Frankie Millers Fullhouse, Dr Feelgood and also members of bands
such as Bad Company, The Quireboys, UFO & many more. They made such
an impact during 2016 which was their first year on the road as a band that
they were signed to a new record label "Roulette Media". They
also received two awards in April 2017, voted 1st place out of 100 bands to be
awarded "Best Band in Kent" and "Best New Band", and their
debut live EP The West Sessions has been a huge success and tracks from it are
still receiving regular radio play all over the world.
high energy alternative rock, A Twisted State Of Mind blend elements of modern
metalcore through to classic rock and jazz with songs that are laden with big
hooks and vocal harmonies. Based in Oxfordshire, the journey so far has
included 3 U.S. tours, 4
singles with U.S.
based Toil Records, and playing alongside some major artists both sides of the Atlantic.
Heather Findlay and Angela Gordon
put Odin Dragonfly together in 2005 as a duo to feature their own acoustic songs
for guitar, flute and keyboards, as well as some Mostly Autumn songs (of which
they were both members at the time) that were rarely played live, plus a few
other well-chosen covers that pay homage to their influences; echoes and
flavours of Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Sandy Denny
can frequently be heard.
They released an album entitled 'Offerings' and
played a few live events at the time, followed by a lengthy break before
returning to support Heather Findlay's own band in 2012. They gathered a
reputation for their musical prowess which has been described as beautiful,
accomplished, elegant and varied with a fresh and unique sound.
They created a huge buzz when they
returned to play the CRF in 2016 (indeed Angela managed to take the world record
for most performances at the Cambridge Rock Festival on the same day by
appearing with Odin Dragonfly, Heather’s band and Mostly Autumn in a carefully
choreographed day!)... otherwise live performances have been rare events, so the
CRF is lucky that they’ve agreed to return this year to headline the acoustic
stage on Sunday night.
is a Cambridge
based band playing an engaging mix of covers from the 50s to the 80s, in their
own unique style. Drawing on a wealth of local band experience (and a massive
record collection) they play songs you definitely will know, songs you have
long forgotten but know and love, and some songs that you won’t know but will
absolutely delight in. DarkHorse is a band with a philosophy that includes
making interesting and challenging music, whilst retaining a passion to
entertain and bring life and soul and swing to any venue where they perform.
repertoire extends from the rock and soul of Taj Mahal and Joe Cocker to the jazz
and swing of Cab Calloway. The mix is then peppered with the likes of Santana, Georgie
Fame and Paul Simon, a truly eclectic and entertaining collection of great
comprises John Hammond on guitar and vocals, Mike Nathan on drums, Heather
Jones on flute and vocals, John Bowyer on bass and Owen Prevost on sax.
their way across the festival scene; bringing their own inimitable style of
blues, rock & Americana to play many British blues and folk festivals and
have supported Eddi Reeder & the Animals amongst others. After 7 years of
constant gigging the band’s line up has now evolved into the great live band
that they are and they’re returning to the CRF in 2017 just as they start
recording their new album which is due out in the
comprises Jamie Williams (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Nick ‘Nix’ Garner
(harmonicas & backing vocals), Dave ‘the Hat’ Milligan (lead guitar and
backing vocals), Jake ‘The Dude’ Milligan (bass) & Spencer Blackledge
(drums ) or dep drummer Glen Buck. Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective
have honed the rough edges to become one of the most fun & exciting
originals live bands on the circuit. Their ethos is ‘it’s all about the party’
– they know when the audience is having fun they’ve got it right! This is a
band who love to entertain people and to make them smile; to inspire them to
dance & sing along too.
Now becoming something of a Cambridge tradition, the Collective began as the Burst Water Main Boys in 2014 when the Mustangs' Adam Norsworthy had to put a scratch band together at the last minute. The resulting jam (which included Laurence Jones and Sue Merchant) is still talked about today! Last year the band resurfaced, again curated by Adam but with a different collection of players, and again delivered a hugely enjoyable off-the-cuff, unrehearsed set of blues and rock. Adam is once again going to put together a band for the performance.....but who will show up?! Make sure you get along to watch the chaos...and fun!
Anderton and Connor Selby are an authentic roots music duo who aim to explore
and tap into the music they love. They play blues, soul, folk, country in a way
that'll make you think of days gone by and demonstrate their mutual deep
love for music in the songs they play and the way they play them. With
everything from intimate Soul to foot tapping Blues Connor and Joe will have
something for you. They have an energy and charisma that captivates all the
audiences they play to and their varied repertoire means that no one goes home
without hearing something they like.
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Linda Watkins is sometimes mistaken
for a shy retiring folk singer – don’t be fooled! To quote one reviewer, her
music is seriously honest, at times lyrical, other times full on – it ticks a
lot of boxes. For the CRF she is teamed up with experienced lead guitarist and session
musician, Simon Loake, who has played rock, traditional jazz, funk and disco, and
supported the likes of Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson.
Linda writes her songs on a variety of stringed instruments including
guitar, cittern, mandolin, bouzouki, Portuguese guitar, dulcimer and vihuela!
Whilst a bit of a hidden gem, she has graced stages at clubs and festivals
across the country including showcasing at Cambridge Folk festival a few times!
She has opened for many (and varied!) first class acts including Hayseed Dixie and Dave Pegg. Andrew, meantime
has had his share of significant support slots, including Fairport Convention,
Ralph McTell, Steeleye Span and Richard Thompson, playing guitar in a
successful blues band, and in folk circles with his younger brother Andrew.
Jo Burt is
an English songwriter, storyteller, singer and guitar player possibly best known
for his incredible history working with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury,
The Troggs and even Black Sabbath over the past 40 years. For the last two years, Jo has been
on the road with Deborah Bonham (also playing at the 2017 CRF) and as well as
playing bass guitar in the band, he has also been performing as the opening act
with a highly-acclaimed acoustic version of his live
His writing style is
based on his background of rock, with a southern-style influence and a very
English 'Beatles-esque' twist. To use his own terms – 'Anglicana' and
'psycho-country'. He is an hypnotic performer, drawing in his listeners with
tales from his recording and touring past, and telling gripping and intriguing
stories through his songs themselves. His warm and enthusiastic approach never
fails to endear him to his audience and Jo continues to electrify with the
mixture of honesty, intensity and humour that he brings to each
A Cambridge regular with the Mustangs and the Milk Men, this is Adam's first solo performance at the festival. Adam has released two solo albums, the second of which, Rainbird (co-produced by Wayne Proctor from King King) was released in 2014 to huge critical acclaim and named Singer-songwriter album of the year by some music websites. Adam's solo work is more introspective than his dynamic blues rock work with his bands, but his music is gaining more and more avid followers as word is fast getting round. "A sublime lyricist..achingly beautiful music" - Blues Matters Magazine.